Willian José’s move to Tottenham from Real Sociedad could be an initial loan deal with a purchase option around €70m.
The Brazilian striker has been heavily linked with a move to Spurs this week as they seek a replacement for Harry Kane, who is out injured until April with a hamstring injury.
They appear to have settled on José, and we covered a report earlier today that they had already made a €15m bid for him.
That was swiftly rejected by Real Sociedad, who want far more for their striker, although it has been widely accepted that a deal seems likely before the end of the transfer window.
While the consensus has been that Tottenham will buy José in a straight transfer, La Razón believe the deal will now be a loan agreement.
According to them, Tottenham will sign José on loan in exchange for an ‘important sum’, and the deal will include a purchase option that would see Real Sociedad pocket ‘around’ €70m, which is the release clause in his contract.
That sort of deal would be similar to the one they negotiated in the summer for Giovanni Lo Celso, with Tottenham initially joining on a £15m loan that included purchase options for January and the end of the season.
It’s unlikely Tottenham would agree to a mandatory clause at such a high figure, so this would potentially be the two clubs pushing difficult fee negotiations away until the summer.
Sociedad, for their part, are already targeting replacements for José and ‘the chosen one’ is Real Madrid’s Mariano Díaz.
La Razón say Madrid would be happy to give him to the club, so long as they agree to end Martin Odegaard’s two-year loan this summer instead, while Marca say he is ‘one of the options’ La Real are looking at.